Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Tease: servers demand tips before serving…

Here’s a little diversion to sharpen your thinking this afternoon.

Imagine that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) had managed to organize and enroll the ‘servers’ at those restaurants we all like to visit, and that they were throwing millions in cash at a campaign to enact legislation requiring that patrons would have to place their planned cash tip on the table, or fill out a credit card voucher, before the server would hand you a menu, ask if you’d like something to drink, or even consider taking your order.  You’d have to decide on your tip without having any idea what you might end up having.

In other words, ‘show them the money’ before they enter into a ‘social contract’ regarding them serving your needs.  The SEIU would promote the concept as only being fair to working people, and use all the standard propaganda tactics to build sympathy for their proposal.  “We’re only asking for our hard working servers to be granted the respect and financial security they deserve,” they’d say.

What would you think of such a concept?

I suppose you’re wondering why I would pose such an odd idea, and how it could possibly make any sense.

OK, that first gut reaction is understood; now go back and ponder it some more, and see if you can think of any parallels.

If you figure it out, post a comment.  If you don’t, I’ll get back to it in a few days.

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